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    NNMHRA May 2018 Lunch Meeting & Speaker

    Date: May 8, 2018, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Inn and Spa at Loretto
    211 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    Members: $25 Non-Members: $30 Walk-Ins: $30 SHRM NM Student Members(Full time students): $15
    Event Type:
    Lunch Meeting
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    Meeting the Challenges of Sexual Harassment
    Avoidance in the Workplace

    Presented by Kris Michaelis

    This event has been Pre-Approved for SHRM PDCs and HRCI Credit Hours

    Presentation Summary

    Training for Human Resource Professionals and Designated Workplace Professionals Charged with Sexual Harassment Avoidance Policy Investigation and Enforcement


    • Raise Awareness of the Duty to Establish Workplace Dignity, Respect and Civility for all in the Workforce and Know How to help Create such a Culture
    • Understand Elements of an Effective, Clear and Meaningful Harassment Avoidance Policy
    • Understand Best Practices in Investigating Allegations of Sexual Harassment
    • Provide Resources to Enable Professionals to Learn More on this Topic


    • Approximately 30 minutes total of PowerPoint presentation with Q and A
    • Approximately 20 minutes of small group work on an actual sample Harassment Avoidance Policy to determine policy weaknesses, omissions and ways to improve the Policy
    • Key Learnings/Next Steps discussion from participants – 10 minutes


    1. Breadth of Issue Across the Country and in New Mexico:  EEOC Data & Trends
    2. The Case for Workplace Respect and Civility:  Failure’s Negative Impact
      1. Cost to Business
      2. Cost to Employees
      3. Cost to HR Profession
    3. Why Workplace Harassment Often Goes Unreported
      1. Most common responses
      2. Least common response
      3. Failure to report comes from one of four major fears
    4. Tips to Avoid Charges of Discrimination and Harassment
      1. Leadership
      2. Awareness of our own Unconscious Biases
      3. Paying attention to rumors and innuendoes
      4. Honesty
      5. Correcting mistakes quickly and with apology
      6. Exploring impact of behavior on staff vs. defending “intention”
    5. Effective and Ineffective Harassment Avoidance Policies
      1. Introductory explanation for “why” a policy
      2. Clear explanation of prohibited conduct
      3. How To Complain
      4. Formal and informal avenues for reporting
      5. Definition of and Warnings re: Retaliation
      6. Why Retaliation is a serious matter
      7. Statements re: employer’s Corrective Action
    6. Case Study:  Improving a sample policy to make it more meaningful and effective
    7. Best Practices in Conducting an Investigation of Alleged Sexual Harassment
      1. Promptness
      2. Objectivity/Impartiality
      3. Thoroughness
      4. Confidentiality without false promises
      5. Prompt, Consistent, Fitting-to-the-Transgression Discipline
      6. Communication to Victim(s)
      7. Record-Keeping
      8. Seeking help from others
    8. Final Thoughts and Next Steps
    • “We’re All in This Together:  See Something, Say Something”
    • Ways to Support and Stand for others
    • Resources to Expand our Awareness, Confidence and Skills
    • “What I Commit To Do in the Next 30 Days:  A Commitment to Self on Behalf of My Organization”

    Kris Michaelis, MBA, MSSW
    SHRM member 2002-2015 - Previously certified SPHR

    Senior Organization Development and Human Resources professional with almost thirty years of corporate, government and non-profit experience. Full spectrum of HR functional experience, including employee relations, benefits development and administration, employment law, staffing, compensation, training, retention, succession planning, downsizing, executive coaching, conflict resolution and organization development. Experience in managing/leading others (up to 15 people) and acting as an individual contributor.  Owner, manager of Michaelis Consulting for past fifteen years.

    Previously employed by the American Arbitration Association, General Electric, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell Corporation (SBC), Genentech, and Ten Thousand Waves.  Consultant to numerous small businesses and nonprofits in Santa Fe and Taos, NM.

    Current interest and work focuses on gender equity, social justice, dignity in the workplace, environmental protection, and open and transparent government.

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    NNMHRA offers a hardship scholarship for members who need financial assistance to attend our monthly lunch/dinner meeting. Members are welcome to confidentially request a free registration to an upcoming monthly dinner meeting. Please email us @ if you would like to make a request.

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